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Join one of our regularly-held, six-day intensive for Masters-level therapists (or equivalent) and clinicians. Jump in and really experience the magic of Synergetic Play Therapy! We limit this Play Therapy Training Program to four people in order to permit extensive skill practice with individualized coaching and feedback. Each participant will be paired with a child client, with whom they will work every day during the training, under direct supervision as part of a therapeutic observation team.

Six-Day Synergetic Play Therapy 0bjectives: 

  • Understand some of the neuroscience behind identifying a child’s states of dysregulation and how these influence the symptoms and play in the playroom
  • Learn how Synergetic Play Therapy tools such as the Nervous System Chart, The Process of Change, and explaining the Synergetic Play Therapy Stages can help a parent understand the play therapy process and keep them engaged
  • Begin to understand how to identify a child’s emotional age in their play
  • Understand how mindfulness and self-awareness in the playroom is an essential component to helping widen a child’s emotional window of tolerance
  • Understand how to work with parents in the play therapy process and keep them engaged
  • Understand how to use boundaries to help reduce emotional flooding and overwhelm in both the child and the therapist, as well as how to set them without shaming or shutting down the child’s play
  • Understand the projective process and how children engage in “The Set Up” as a way to integrate their perceptions of what is challenging them
  • Understand how the therapist’s authenticity and attunement supports the attachment process in play therapy
  • Understand the importance of being regulated in the midst of challenging play as an essential component of becoming the child’s external regulator in the playroom
  • Understand how to use regulation to support a child’s ability to learn how to regulate during a play therapy session

Prerequisite Training:

  • Participants should have completed or be enrolled in a Master’s Degree (or equivalent) program in counseling, social work, or education.
  • Previous experience working with children and families is also required.
  • A basic understanding of play therapy and play therapy skills is required.

For availability and registration details, please contact the Institute at 720-458-9597 or email info@playtherapycolorado.com.